Children's intrinsic motivation is a key factor in being successful.
Motivation and emotions go hand in hand. Developing a love of learning
is so important. We can do this by asking children how they felt when
they accomplished something or finished a piece of work. Once kids
realize that their good feelings from doing something well, are better
than the external stickers or praise they receive, then they will
continue to motivate themselves to learn.
kids to set goals and to break those down into manageable chunks is also
useful. Teaching children the vocabulary of loving learning (learn,
finish, future, goal, succeed, proud, target etc) will also help in this
regard. If a child can verbalize why they are doing something and what
emotions and feelings they have it will result in a more positive
Finally encouraging children to explore all six
areas of their development at a young age (knowledge and understanding
of the world, physical, social/emotional, creative, mathematical and
literacy) will help them to find their own strengths.
kids to explore and to try new things will encourage a love of
learning. Adults should be careful of the language they use around
young children to ensure self-esteem remains in tact. “Can you tell me
about your picture?” Not “What is that? Is it a banana, or a moon?”
children to create, play and explore their interests in a
non-threatening manner will stimulate a love of learning for many years.
1. Give choices
2. Use open-ended questions to develop thinking skills
3. Ask children to self-assess their work
4. Initiate competition at times
5. Explain the purpose of doing things
6. Scaffold learning
7. Be consistent
8. Encourage individual goals
9. Learn the language of motivation
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